Thoma promoted to CFO by Aegis Sciences Corp.

Friday, March 28, 2014, Vol. 38, No. 13


Aegis Sciences Corporation, a forensic toxicology and health care sciences company, has promoted Keri Thoma to chief financial officer. She will oversee all strategic financial initiatives.

Thoma, who is a CPA, was previously Aegis’ vice president of finance, and joined the company in 2010 after serving as manager of the European Treasury Center for John Deere, Inc. in Luxembourg. She earned her B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Iowa and her M.A. in business administration and finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Aegis, founded as a sports anti-doping laboratory out of Vanderbilt University, has experienced exponential growth over the last decade primarily due to its health care testing services. The company has grown from 5 employees in 1990 to more than 850 team members in 38 states and with most team members having joined the team in the last few years.

Circuit Court judge joins Nashville School of Law


David M. Bragg, Circuit Court judge for Division II of the 16th Judicial District, which serves both Rutherford and Cannon counties, is joining the Nashville School of Law faculty. Bragg will begin teaching secured transactions in May.

Bragg was elected Circuit Court Judge for the 16th Judicial District in 2008 and is now running for re-election. Previously, he practiced law in Murfreesboro, representing clients in all areas of law but specializing in real estate.

Bragg is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned a master’s degree at Middle Tennessee State University. Bragg graduated from Nashville School of Law and passed the bar in 1994.

He also serves on the Tennessee Judicial Conference Executive Committee as the presiding judge for the 16th Judicial District Recovery Courts and serves as the president of the Andrew Jackson Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Additionally, he has served as an adjunct faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University and has substituted at Nashville School of Law several times.

McKinney re-elected head of the Napier-Looby board


Attorney Joe McKinney of Dickinson Wright has been re-elected as the president of the Napier-Looby Bar Foundation Board of Directors.

McKinney served in the same position in 2013 and will continue his efforts to leverage the organization’s mission to increase access to the legal profession for minority students and raise awareness of legal careers in the minority community.

The foundation also appointed:

  • Shameak Blevitt (Baker Donelson) as vice president
  • John Manson (special master, 8th Circuit Court Davidson County) as Treasurer
  • William Stover (solo practitioner) board member
  • Billye Sanders (Dockery & Associates) board member
  • Danelle Walker (solo practitioner) board member
  • Rodney Caldwell (Law offices of James Flexer) board member

All officers were elected for a one-year term.

Frost Brown Todd adds Technology attorney


Frost Brown Todd has hired John S. Wagster, former general counsel and executive vice president of Freeborders, Inc. (now Symbio), to its Nashville office.

Wagster, a member of the firm, focuses his time on helping U.S. companies forge cross-cultural contractual arrangements around the world using industry best practices and western-style contracts.

In his work with Frost Brown Todd, Wagster will continue to provide legal services to Symbio and its affiliates while bringing his Silicon Valley experience to Frost Brown Todd clients.

Mahler named chair of Centerstone board


Thomas W. Mahler Jr. has been named board of directors chair for Nashville-based Centerstone Research Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving behavioral health care through research and information technology. A member of CRI’s board since 2008, Mahler began his two-year term as chair on January 29, 2014.

Mahler retired in 2012 after 14 years in the aerospace industry. Prior to this, he spent 25 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Colonel. Mahler received his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Georgia.

Members of the CRI Board of Directors include:

  • Vice chair: Janet Ayers, president of The Ayers Foundation (Nashville)
  • Secretary: Ken Shidler, career counselor, Indiana University Kelley School of Business Career Center
  • Immediate past chair: Joan Sivley, retired health care executive (Nashville)
  • Tom Doub, PhD., CEO of Centerstone Research Institute (Nashville)
  • Nedda Pollack, retired executive, Regions Bank (New Jersey)
  • Deborah Taylor-Tate, special envoy for child online protection, International Telecommunications Union; former commissioner, Federal Communications Commission (Nashville)
  • Gil Palmer, agent, State Farm Insurance (Columbus, Ind.)
  • Trish Lindler, retired senior vice president of government programs for HCA, Inc. (Nashville)

Stonesifer joins Barge Waggoner


Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc. has hired Jessica Stonesifer as project manager in the Nashville office. She will be responsible for managing and designing tasks through Barge Waggoner’s aviation contracts.

Jessica has over 10 years of civil engineering and project management experience with an emphasis on military construction projects and facilities maintenance. Prior to joining Barge Waggoner, she was with the Tennessee Air National Guard, serving as project manager for major facility renovation projects. She has a degree in civil engineering from Christian Brothers University, and a master’s in civil engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

McNeely Pigott & Fox adds accounting assistant

McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations has hired Alison White as an accounting assistant promoted Dan Schlacter and Jessica Darden to account supervisors.

White earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va., and then provided bookkeeping and marketing communications support for companies in Exton and Wayne, Pa., for more than a decade.

Darden is a Nashville native and graduate of the University of Tennessee. She has been at MP&F for nine years.

Schlacter joined McNeely Pigott & Fox in 2005. A 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee, he holds a degree in marketing.